Recently, diehard Notre Dame Fan, ‘Bear’, requested that I compose a 10 play Notre Dame Offensive Script. I’ll do 3 as the article will be way too long if I do more. In football the goal of the ‘script’ is mainly to identify how the opposing defense plans to align to certain formations, motions, and shifts. What packages do they substitute to when you bring in different personnel? Do they remain in base, or move to Nickel? For example, how will the defense react when you motion your back out to an ‘Empty’ formation. If they are in a two high shell (two deep safeties), will they check out of a two high shell when a team motions from Deuce (2*2 formation) to Trips (3*1 formation). There are a variety of questions the offense wants answered early in a game to prepare themselves to attack the defense in the best possible way. Not all teams utilize scripts, but many do. Lastly, a team does not require themselves to adhere to the script. If the third play calls for a deep passing play, and it’s 3rd and inches…the coach may very well deviate from his script in order to give himself a better third and short play call.